Art in Second Life 2020 (57) DixMix Gallery September/October 2020

I got an invite from Violet Boa to attend the opening of the new DixMix Gallery, which was yesterday, September 19th. As I have other activities in Second Life at night, I couldn’t attend and visited today.

The “new” DixMix Gallery? I didn’t know the old one nor did I have come across DixMix Source, who onws the gallery, before.

Six month ago Dixmix convinced his friend and builder Megan Prumier to build a brand-new Gallery. Everything started with a drawing, became a 3D model and step by step, prim after prim, all has been thought and built to show pictures in the best way and make visitors catch that important feeling. The new gallery has the same surface as the old one, but it looks bigger because space is used differently. On the lower floor are three Photography Gallery Rooms dedicated to three very important friends of Dixmix Source: Amona, Abby and Amalfia (R.I.P.)” (taken from a notecard I got from Violet Boa)

The new DixMix Gallery from outside and first impressions from inside

Megan Prumier is a multimedia artist and very active builder. She’s in Second Life for more than 10 yers. Her skills are extended on the field of photography, mostly portraits on modern, minimal and even surreal Scenes. I did see quite a lot of Megan Prumier’s work already, mostly sims she built or was involved in. Just lately I saw Kiyori (read here) and Voodoo Land (read here). I saw Megan’s art last time at La Maison d’Aneli in Septmber 2019 (read here).

DixMix Source is from Brussels Belgium and is in Second Life for almost 14 years. He always had a gallery. He dscribes himself as “artist, photographer, director, musician and more

The DixMix Gallery has several areas. In the middle of the room is a large party space. There shall be a party every Saturday night. Adjacent to the party zone are the above mentioned 3 exhibtion rooms. The party zone itself is decorated with Megan Prumier’s art and has an open view into the 3 exhibition rooms. On the 2nd foor is a “chill out” area with a café and places to sit and meet surrounded by art of Mistero Hifeng. On the 2nd floor are 2 more exhibtion rooms. One showcases the art of Megan Prumier and of various other artists, one is didicated to DixMix Source’s own work.

Impressions of DixMix Gallery chill-out area (left pictures) / Megan Prumier’s art around the party area

I started my visit in the room Amona, which feature currently the art of Maloe Vansant. Maloe Vansant joined Second Life in 2007, a new world for her who had never played games or joined any social network site:
After creating little Maloe, my barbie doll, my pixel soul, I discovered the possibility of making snapshots and I started to make a graphic diary of Maloe’s journey in Second Life, showing the emotions she experienced in this pixel world. I think I succeeded in doing this by using some post processing in Photoshop. I am not a woman of many words, I try to express myself, my feelings, my passion and probably my dark side through my pictures.“

Maloe Vansant at DixMix Gallery September/October 2020

Maloe says about her exhibition at DixMix GalleryI let the visitor make his own story about them, for me, they thrive on my emotions and feelings of that moment.” Enough said, I think.

The room Amalfia features the art of Edie Horngold. It is the first time I came across Edie Horngold and I couldn’t find much about her. She’s in Second Life for over 11 years and began showing her art three years ago supported and encouraged by DixMix Source. Her pictures are quite artful, mostly showing beautiful female avatars or their faces. Edie adds something artful to them, something that changes the picture and gives it a new meaning, a new story.

Edie Horngold at DixMix Gallery September/October 2020

Cecilia Nansen’s work is shown in the room “Abby”. Cecilia Nansen joined Second Life over ten years ago, but took a long break from it. She returned four years ago and found her passion for pictures and learned how to process them. Cecilia Nansen and Maloe Vansant are close friends. I saw the exhibtion “Phenomenal Women” that both created together, just a months ago at at Itakos Project and Art Gallery (read here).

Cecilia Nansen at DixMix Gallery September/October 2020

Cecilia’s pictures are strictly held in black and white. They show erotic scenes mainly related to BDSM yet very stylish and not at all explicit. In her pictures Cecilia plays with light and shadow to highlight just parts. You can spin your own story around the scenes – highly erotic.

Megan Prumier’s room on the 2nd floor features her own art and some other artists like Bamboo Barnes, ariel Brearly and Del May.

Megan Prumier and other artists at DixMix Gallery September/October 2020

In the center of Megan Prumier’s room on the 2nd floor you find a virtine with an animated dancing figure. I did recognize it immediately as one of Theda Tammas dancers. I saw them at La Maison d’Aneli this summer (read here). Another scene of Theda Tammas is displayed in the center of DixMix Source own room on the 2nd floor. DixMix makes his exhibits on mesh linen clothes. This provides a 3D effect that I never saw before so far, very intriguing.

DixMix Source at DixMix Gallery September/October 2020

Theda Tammas will have an exhibition at DixMix Gallery, opening September 26th, in a seperate skybox called “Womb”. The teleporter is right where you land at the gallery but it is not yet opened.

That’s all about the new DixMix Gallery. It has become a longer entry and I shortened it already quite a lot. There is more information available on the website of the DixMix Gallery.

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it and thank you Violet for the hint and the information folder. I enjoyed my first visit to the new DixMix Gallery.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/

Art in Second Life 2020 (19A) “Meant to Be” by Bamboo Barnes

On Saturday, April 11th, I went on a quick art tour again visiting. I visited Itakos Art Gallery to see a new exhibtion that was opened the day before – “Meant to Be” by Bamboo Barnes.

Together with the invitation I got a notecard with basic Informations about Bamboo Barnes as well as about the exhibtion itself: “Bamboo Barnes is a self-taught Japanese artist who has been working with digital images in Secondlife for some years, and also works with digital in real life. The first striking thing about her artwork is an incredible explosion of colors, deep and dense, spread as if on a fantastic palette with a surreal flavor.”

Bamboo is in Second Life for over 13 years already, painting software & photoshop are her best friends. Bamboo had many exhibtions and appearances in the Second Life art scene and in 2018 she had her first exhibition in real life: “I create what I see but maybe you won’t, they are about people’s reality and  mind.” Bamboo’s art is a mixture of abstract forms, of people and photographs. Most pictures are colourful and it is in the eye of the beholder what we see in her pictures. I saw her work the first time at La Maison d’Aneli during the Holiday season 2019/2020 (read here)

Impressions of “Meant to Be” by Bamboo Barnes at Itakos Art Gallery – Blue Pavillion

The exhibtion “Meant to Be” at Itakos Art Gallery shows mainly portrait pictures, portraits that are processed, changed, that are colourful and inspire to think and creat an own story for them. Same goes for the few pictures that are not restricted to faces or parts of faces: “Fantasies and very personal dreams speak of her life, they are imbued with emotion in telling her favorite themes : the confusion of life, hope, strange love .. but above all, what I read is a focus on abandonment.

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo. Actually it is a place for arts with 7 exhibition rooms or pavillons: White, Black, Grey, Blue, Orange, Purple, Green Pavillion. “Meant to Be” by Bamboo Barnes is shown in the blue pavillion. There’s also a website where new exhibtions are announced.

Landmark to Itakos Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/173/191/1009
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/
More information about “Meant to Be” by Bamboo Barnes
http://itakos.it/index.php/2020/04/05/bamboo-barnes-meant-to-be/

Simploring 2019 (123) La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020

On Wednesday, December 11th, La Maison d’Aneli opened a new exhibtion that will be stay until January 11th. It features a joined installation, a witful and selfcritical journey by Yoon, Iono Allen, Theda Tammas and JadeYu Fhang about our Ego within Second Life “Lalawood – This could be Paradise”, a 3D installation by Tomm Pye, an exhibition of more classic sculptures and art by Willem Koba in the seperate room “La Serre” and paintings and pictures by Milly Sharpel, Tigerfish Rain, Bamboo Barnes and Vroum Short, who owns VeGaTal PLaNeT, the sim hosting La Maison d’Aneli.

I visited the joined exhibtion the day before it was opened and started my tour at the seperate exhibition room “La Serre” with the work from Willem Koba.
Willem sees himself not as an artist in real life nor in Second Life. He rather says he has a passion for art in both worlds and creates some stuff. At “La Serre” you can see reproductions of the art from famous artists like Salvador Dali, Antoni Gaubi, Jeff Koons, M. C. Escher and others along with pieces Willem created himself. I was intrigued in particular by being able to experience the famous stairs from M. C. Escher in 3D. I also smiled seeing the elefants with the long legs from Salvador Dali, which I just recently saw at Hotel California (see Simploring 2019 (116) Hotel California – Off the Grid). For some of the famous artists you can grab notecards with their biography and a short description of their work. Willem is quite modest as beside the art from famous artists some of his work is very creative and artful like the Notre Dame model.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – Willem Koba at “La Serre”

Vroum Short is a French SL artist since 2007. As mentioned above she created VeGeTaL PLaNet, the location of La Maison d’Aneli. VeGeTaL PLaNet is “a world where everything becomes possible and achievable where the barriers of reality fade away to let the imagination flood it with life. In her underwater exhibitions, living plant sculptures and luminous paintings, animated in 3D, mingle“.
Vroum Short’s art, currently exhibited at La Maison d’Aneli shows moving colourful abstract objects in 2D and 3D with particular light effects. It is great, just to watch how her art changes permanently and provides different views.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – Vroum Short

Milly Sharple is an artist and photographer from the UK in real life and has always enjoyed art and artistic expression. She’s in Second Life since 2008 and was perhaps one of the pioneers in introducing fractal art to Second Life. Milly established her own gallery “Fractal Insanity – The Art of Milly Sharple“.
Milly Sharple has also a passion for region design and building in Second Life and creates a yearly Winter sim called “Let it Snow!” (Let it Snow! A Winter Wonderland 2019). I lack time! Another place I have to visit *winks*
At La Maison d’Aneli we see portraits that are embedded in fractals, are mirrored and blurred and develop a particular facination.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – Milly Sharple

Tigerfish Rain is a graphic artist & creator, he’s also a Catwa Head Developer and in Second Life since 2010: “When I look at the universe, I see that each of us is a piece of art, and when these pieces come together, they form a whole …. one day, mankind will go beyond the stars and it will be with the help of science and art
Tigerfish’s corner at La Maison d’Aneli shows a mix between sience fiction, pictures from the space, portraits and fractals. It is snowing so that his art almost is a bit cold due to the environment.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – Tigerfish Rain

A centerpiece of La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 is “Lalawood” created by the Lalala’s. The Lalala’s are 4 artists:
Theda Tammas – Simply the Queen of Lalawood!
Yoon (onyxxe) – The eloquent yet arrogant architect of Lalawood
Iono Allen – The great Dalai Lala with cinematic visions about Lalawood
JadeYu Fhang – Warrior
“Lalawood” is a little journey starting at the beginings of Second Life, the paradise, and explaining how the drama, the selfishness and the egomania from real life spread in Second Life and how people can and should fight sanctimonious preening. The critic doesn’t exclude artists. To maintain or regain the paradise you have to overcome your Ego, that’s the message. It is all accompanied with artful pictures and scupltures and you get some nice goodies to attach to your avatar. The involved artists, the “Lalala’s”, are quite renowned in Second Life but I won’t write about them here – I don’t want to foster their ego *winks*.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – “Lalawood” by Theda Tammas, Yoon (onyxxe), Iono Allen and JadeYu Fhang

Bamboo Barnes is in Second Life since 2007, painting software & photoshop are her best friends. Bamboo had many exhibtions and appearances in the Second Life art scene and in 2018 she had her first exhibition in real life: “I create what I see but maybe you won’t, they are about people’s reality and  mind.” Bamboo’s art is a mixture of abstract forms, of people and photographs. Most pictures are colourful and it is in the eye of the beholder what we see in her pictures. Some of them are intriguing for me.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – Bamboo Barnes

Tomm Pye is Dutch and in Second Life since 2017. He paints and designs in 3D. Tomm created a 3D installation in his corner of of the exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli. It is a white room filled with red particles, blood plates. There’s some statues at the walls, in the center are several heads and a pumping heart, you can see something like the small bowel at on wall, you see a the bones of a thorax. Acutally I guess you find everything of the human body somewhere in Tomm’s installation. It is like walking through body. You have to see it yourself.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – Tomm Pye

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.
Thank you Aneli for this exhibition and thank you to all artists.
The current exhibition should be open during the Holiday season 2019/2020 until January. 11th. Enjoy your visit, if you go there yourself.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oak%20Park/101/136/3502